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Marimekko Classics: Print Stories


Design Maija Isola 1964

Marimekko’s famous poppy pattern Unikko was born in 1964 in a time, when the design house’s collections featured mostly abstract prints. Designer Maija Isola wanted to create something interesting from this organic theme and designed an entire range of floral prints. Today, the iconic flower represents creativity. Marimekko Kioski translates adds yet another contemporary dimension to the print.


Design Maija Isola 1956

The Kivet (stones) pattern builds on circles cut with scissors. The pattern was most likely inspired by the rough-edged stones that were manually cleared from the designer's atelier home's grounds.


Design Annika Rimala 1968

When jeans started to become increasingly popular among both women and men, Annika Rimala wanted to design a collection of cotton jersey clothes to go with jeans. For all denim lovers, regardless of age, size or gender. That's how Marimekko's first cotton jersey collection was born. Evenly striped, expressing equality.


Design Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi 1953

In 1953, the very year she joined Marimekko, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi created Piccolo, a striped fabric pattern painted with vivid brushstrokes. Three years later, the Jokapoika (every boy) shirt made from the fabric appeared in shops and the streets – for good, it seems.

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